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Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

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The location marketing campaign "Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen" calls on local citizens, business people, scientists and inventors and other personalities from NRW to present their outstanding achievements in a national, European and international context.

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The plastics industry in NRW

Advances in plastics technology exert an influence on all sectors of industry, frequently setting chains of innovation in motion and initiating significant optimization processes. The plastics industry in North Rhine Westphalia is unique within Europe to the extent that it encompasses the entire value chain. The spectrum includes small and medium-sized plastics processors, plastics machinery manufacturers, service providers, as well as major international plastics producers. The plastics industry depends heavily on scientific research and hence reaps outstanding benefits in NRW – as evidenced in the presence of 70 universities and colleges, renowned research institutes and in-company research departments. 

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NRW.INVEST GMBH

Economic Development Agency of the
German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4, 40219 Düsseldorf, Germany

+49 211 13000-0
+49 211 13000-154

Did you know... 

… that every three years "K" – the World's No. 1 Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber – takes place in Düsseldorf? … that Bayer AG invented synthetic rubber in 1909?

Quick Facts

  • North Rhine-Westphalia's plastics industry comprises around 1,000 enterprises with more than 140,000 employees, plus relevant associations and scientific/educational institutions.
  • With sales of €34.6 billion, NRW accounts for nearly one fifth of the total revenues of the German plastics industry.

High-performance plastics made in NRW

In North Rhine-Westphalia science and industry have developed ground-breaking technologies in the area of energy efficiency and the conservation of natural resources. For example, Covestro Deutschland and its partners are investigating ways of converting waste carbon dioxide into high-quality plastics. In so doing, this harmful greenhouse gas can replace petroleum and provide a valuable resource for sustainable growth. Other projects center on the optimization of plastic materials. The DWI Institute for Interactive Materials Research at RWTH Aachen University has transferred the special frictional properties of lizard skin to plastic surfaces. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) have likewise taken nature as their model and developed self-repairing polymers based on rubber trees.


New-materials companies in NRW

The major plastics manufacturing/processing companies and mechanical engineering enterprises in NRW include the following: 

Bond-Laminates Coko Werk Covestro ENGEL
Evonik Industries Gerhardi Kunststofftechnik LANXESS Murtfeldt Kunststoffe
Reifenhäuser
Plastics
Sachsenröder: A market leader in vulcanised fibres
Fine Fibers - Massive Strength Source: PixelProduction
Imagine a Mercedes SLR weighing almost two tonnes being lifted by crane. There is nothing between the hook and car but this piece of approximately A4-sized vulcanised fibre. Yes, the innovative product passes the shear test to hold the car up with flying colours! The basic material of the speciality paper consists of cotton fibres. By a special procedure the Wuppertal based company, Sachsenröder, processes it into vulcanised fibre, a tough, horn-like material, which is wear-resistant and excellent for further processing. The fields of application are equally varied. And so vulcanised fibre is suitable as a carrier for abrasives and ensures that wood veneers do not peel off. The natural fibre in its punched form can, moreover, be used as a gasket or serves as an insert in medical equipments. The early 20th century saw the founder, Gustav-Heinrich Sachsenröder, pave the way for the company’s emergence as a global market leader in vulcanised fibre. In all likelihood, he could not have dreamt then that the material developed by him would someday hold a car weighing nearly two tonnes.

 

Kunststoffland NRW

The goal of  this cluster is to enhance the competitiveness of the plastics sector by connecting all the relevant stakeholders, intensifying international cooperation and communicating North Rhine-Westphalia's benefits as a business location. 

> www.kunststoffland-nrw.de

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New opportunities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Your No. 1 investment location in Germany – Facts and figures

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Kunststoffland NRW

The goal of  this cluster is to enhance the competitiveness of the plastics sector by connecting all the relevant stakeholders, intensifying international cooperation and communicating North Rhine-Westphalia's benefits as a business location. 

> www.kunststoffland-nrw.de

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New opportunities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Your No. 1 investment location in Germany – Facts and figures